Do-it-Yourself - How to Measure Guide

Measuring for Doors and Drawerfronts

Installation Guide - Figure 1Before starting to measure, it is useful to make a sketch of your existing kitchen clearly showing each opening. Number the openings starting at the upper left doors, then the lower left doors and finally the drawerfronts, also starting on the left (refer to Figure 1 for sketch example). This sketch will allow you to both keep track of figures while measuring and to easily match each custom door and drawerfront with the correct opening when you install. Other useful information to put on your sketch is the location of any doorways and, if a drawer opens into the path of the doorway, note the thickness of any moulding surrounding the doorway. Having this measurement will prevent the drawerfront from being made so wide that it bumps the door moulding preventing the drawer from opening. If a valance is desired over the sink, note the measurement between the upper cabinets on each side of the sink. Finally, measure the distance between the top of the opening on your upper cabinets, to the ceiling or the bottom of the bulkhead if one is present. This measurement will tell you if there is room for ceiling moulding. Also show location of hinges ( Left or Right ) on each door.

a) FRAMELESS CABINETS (i.e. no Frame on front of cabinet.)

Installation Guide - Figure 2Use the measurements of your existing doors and drawerfronts. Remember, only concealed hinges can be used with Frameless Cabinets.

B) FRAMED CABINETS (i.e. frame on front of cabinet.)

For each door ...

  • Measure the width of the cabinet opening (as shown in Figure 2) and use the formulas below depending on the hinge type selected. With Framed Cabinets, it is important that you measure the cabinet opening and not existing doors and drawerfronts.
  • Height is determined by measuring from the bottom of the cabinet to the top of the cabinet opening (see Figure 2)

Determining Door Ordering Sizes - Framed Cabinets

IF USING CONCEALED HINGES:

To determine custom door ordering width...

  • For cabinet openings under 20" wide, add 1 ¼" to the Opening width.
  • If the opening width is more than 20 ", add 1" to the Opening width and divide by 2 (if the result is in sixteenths, round down to the nearest 1/8 ")

To determine custom door ordering height...

  • Add ½" or less to the Opening height depending on the clearance you have to the moulding above the door. ( See figure 2 and measuring instructions for opening height. )

Door Measuring Examples -Concealed Hinges

Installation Guide - Figure 3

Hinge Location - Determine hinge location (Left or Right side of door), show that location on your sketch and insert L or R in Location columns on the Order Form. Remember, hinge location is only necessary when using Concealed Hinges since these doors are pre-drilled at your request.

IF USING EXPOSED HINGES

To determine custom door ordering width...

  • For cabinet openings under 21 1/4 " wide, add 3/4 " to the Opening width.
  • If the opening width is more than 21 1/4 ", add 3/4 " to the Opening width and divide by 2 (if the result is in sixteenths, round down to the nearest 1/8 "). This will give you 2 doors for the opening.

To determine custom door ordering height...

  • Add 1/2" or less to the Opening height depending on the clearance you have to the moulding above the door. ( See figure 2 and measuring instructions for opening height )

Door Measuring Examples - Exposed Hinges

Installation Guide - Figure 4

Glass Doors - If a Frame for Glass or Mullion Bars are required, clearly note on the Order Form in the appropriate box (Frame & Mullion Doors) and if Mullion Bars, note the number of lites required (either 1, 4, 6 or 8)

*NOTE:  Renuit strongly recommends not using your existing hinges. Using our hinges with our accompanying reface plate, makes installation much easier for either framed or frameless cabinets.

Determining Drawerfront Ordering Sizes (Note: Drawerfronts can be a maximum of 40" wide.)

  • Frameless Cabinets- Use the widths and heights of your existing drawerfronts.
  • Framed Cabinets - locate the door directly below the particular drawerfront being measured. Use the door width as your drawerfront width and use the height of your existing drawerfront. If there is no door below the drawerfront such as in a bank of drawers, use the width and height of your existing drawerfront. If you want one long drawerfront to be above two doors such as under a sink, locate the two doors that the drawerfront will be above and add the two door width measurements together plus 1/8 ". The height will be the same as the existing drawerfront.